nicoise salad

In brunch, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, ethnic food, gluten-free, lunch, spa food, vegetarian on 09.05.11 at 11:47 pm

kitchen improv is so underrated. all you need are some pantry staples, a feature ingredient or two, and a little culinary inspiration. these days, my muse is all the incredible food i enjoyed on my recent summer travels to the east and the west — quebec city, montreal & san francisco.

i’ve been MIA on the blog for the past few weeks (thanks for your patience!), but i hope you’ve enjoyed following my tweets @yumyumyummers about my culinary adventures in these wonderful, foodie-friendly cities. from hole-in-the-wall eateries and hidden neighbourhood bistros, to adventurous food trucks and fine dining restos, i’ve been happy to indulge in some fantastic fare this summer. i’ve also picked up some local delicacies along the way (bonjour, homemade blend of montreal steak spice!). and you’ll see some of this foodie inspiration infused in my upcoming posts on yumyumyummers. hope you enjoy. :)

nicoise salad is a popular dish in french bistros. i thought i’d put my own twist on this classic french recipe by omitting the typical anchovies, and swapping out the traditional seared tuna with fresh arctic char. hooray for kitchen improv!

the feature ingredient:
– heat up 2 tsp of extra-virgin olive oil in large saucepan on medium heat
– add 1 fillet of fresh arctic char to pan
– season fillet w/ herbes de provence (both sides)
– cook arctic char to your preference (i opted to fully cook the fillet here, but some may prefer to sear the fish instead.)
– remove from heat & allow to cool. flake arctic char fillet into bite-sized pieces for the salad.

the pantry staples:
– fresh organic mixed greens
– frozen green beans & yellow beans (thawed & steamed w/ a bit of unsalted butter)
– 1 large egg (boiled, sliced)
– kalamata olives
– black olives
– balsamic vinegar

food styling:
– toss salad in bowl
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– lightly drizzle w/ balsamic vinegar
– pairs nicely w/ your fave pinot gris on the patio

bon appétit!

  1. Sounds like you went some wonderful places. Love the look of this fish!


  2. I like your spin on this dish. And what great cities to visit! I have yet to hit up a food truck. I need to put that higher on my list of priorities. :)


  3. Looks really delicious, the fish looks especially amazing! Glad you’re back to blogging :D


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